Chef Kim Sea-kyeong recently opened his restaurant Daon Bansang in Seoul which blends the bansang experiance with Western cuisine. Bansang is a traditional Korean dining method that consists of different dishes for one person. Read more about his career here!
The best antidote to the digital addiction is self-understanding according to Harvard-trained psychiatrist Alok Kanojia. He has been using Twitch, a livestreaming platform, to talk to people about their mental health. Read more about gaming and digital addiction here!
A South Korean agricultural corporation Eco Farm City has developed what it calls "KDS convergence farming". This type of farming systematizes the cultivation, production, processing, manufacture, sales, and retail process of farming into a collective "one-stop system". Learn more about KDS farming here!
Translated literary works won or were nominated for four awards outside of Korea this year. More than 150 works in 27 languages were published overseas and they showed growing diversification of genres from science fiction to fantasy and mystery. Discover more about the growing popularity of Korean literature here!
The Korean Wealth Report defined being wealthy as having over 1 billion won in financial assets. Minimum seed money for accumulating wealth was 820 million won ($630,000) by the age of 42. Of that group, 44.8 percent said they considered themselves to be wealthy. Read more here!
Pianist Kim Su Yeon is the first Asian winner of the Concours Musical International de Montréal. The Salzburg-based pianist will meet local audiences through a five-concert series. Read more about her work and upcoming debut album here!
Photo studios are evolving into one-stop beauty shops offering makeovers and photo shoots. Despite the high cost, makeover photo shoots deliver what young generations want. Learn more about these photo studios here!
Veteran Korean-American actor Don Lee returns in his new film “Men of Plastic” which is about the rise of the K-beauty business. Lee plays Dae-kook, a plastic surgeon who starts a business with Ji-woo (Jung Kyoung-ho). Read more about the film here!
As video games balloon in popularity, video game addiction becomes more and more of a real problem. Healthy Gamer is an organization that aims to tackle the problem that many people now face. Read more here!
The Korea Tourism Organization will open free tours to foreigners that go through locations inspired by their successful Netflix show “Korea No. 1”. Click the link to see what destinations you may be able to go to.
Follow Korean artist Kang Ik-joong as he explains his creative inspiration for his latest exhibition “The Moon is Rising” and his view on the role of an artist. Learn more about his artwork here!
Jeong Ho-geun is a 58-year-old veteran actor, who put his acting career on hiatus to pursue the career of a shaman. He is currently fighting the prejudice of shamanism being considered a bad custom that should be eradicated. Discover more about him here!
The nationwide hanbok festival is held in the third week of October each year. Hanbok Culture Week kicks off in Seoul with an exhibition of costumes worn by the cast of Netflix's "Kingdom". Visitors can try on different hanbok and take photos or shoot K-pop content at the HiKR Lounge. Learn more about the festival here!
Steaming service Disney+’s reality show, "The Zone: Survival Mission," remained on the Korean top 10 chart since its first entry. This show captured audience attention but failed to leave a mark on international audiences. Read more about the future of Korean streaming here!
Kim Byung-jong's paintings are an homage to the preciousness of life. He was drawn to the theme of life in the 1990s following a serious accident that nearly took his life. An exhibition commemorating Kim's artistic career opened at the Namwon Museum. Discover more about Kim here!
"Ditto" is a remake of a 2000's hit romance sci-fi film of the same title. Yeo Jin-goo and Kim Hye-yoon star as university student Yong and Han-sol respectively. While director Yeo Dong-bin felt pressure from the success of the original film, she chose to write and direct the project because of the power of the original source material. Discover more about the film here!
On Dongji, be sure to eat patjuk, at the Farmer's Market Patjib in southern Seoul. This specialty food is a traditional South Korean porridge made using red beans grown on a farm in Yeongwol County, Gangwon Province. Read more about these red beans here!
Korean installation artist Yang Hae-gue ranks 93rd on The Kunstkompass’s annual top 100 artists list. She won the 13th Benesse Prize for her moving sculptures at this year’s Singapore Biennale. Discover more about her and her work here!
Korean artist Park Seo-bo's seminal Ecriture painting has been turned into one of Louis Vuitton's iconic Capucines bags. Park is the first Korean artist to collaborate with the French luxury brand for the Artycapucines collection. To learn more about this painting, keep reading!
The upcoming thriller "The Owl" adds imagination to historical record about Crown Prince Sohyeon's suspicious death. In the movie, Kyeong-soo, played by Ryu Jun-yeol, is a day-blind acupuncturist in the palace that witnesses the Crown Prince’s death. Read more about the film here!
South Korean designers are dipping their toes into the world of metafashion, with the government launching its first-ever digital wardrobe. 30 outfits are planned to be completed with model line-up being A-list actress Han Sun-hwa, singer Ravi, and model Jaesi. Read more here!
Three Korea coffee aficionados published a guidebook of 82 must-visit Korean cafes. The guidebook contains information on the cafes' locations, operating hours, signature items as well as stories of the people who built and nurtured the specialty coffee cafes. Read more here!
Coin singing rooms are smaller karaoke gatherings where you play for about 30 minutes compared to the hours spent at regular Korean karaoke. They are becoming ever popular with younger generations in the aftermath of COVID-19 regulation relaxation. Read more about coin singing rooms here!
Have you gotten a job based on a personality test? Like zodiac signs and blood type, MBTI types are a growing fad in Korea to learn more about a person without asking questions. Read more to find out how MBTI types are impacting people’s lives.
Think of your favorite presents to get growing up. They probably weren’t stocks and bonds. Korea’s Chuseok is a gift giving holiday that has experienced a staggering amount of growth since the 1970’s. Learn more about the different gift giving trends throughout the years.
Take fashion to the next level with the new matching trend. Couples are now not only planning their dates, but their outfits together for a more personalized look. What do you think about this trend? Would you try it yourself with your friends or significant other?
You can now be in your own kpop music video with this Seoul studio. HiKR is a studio that has rooms dedicated to recreating some of the most popular kpop music video backgrounds where visitors can make their own content. Read more about what artists are featured here.
LG continues to be a pioneer in AI and robots in the workplace with robots taking over tasks too dangerous for humans or helping to make the worker’s jobs easier. However, there has been some pushback on if the robots will eventually take people’s jobs. Read more about the latest findings here.
Problems at work? Talk about it online! Blind is a South Korean-born messaging app where users can anonymously speak about problems and concerns they have without worrying about facing repercussions from management. Learn more about how this app is positioning itself for the US market
Take a train to Busan to see the city’s new art showcase. Based on the natural beauty of Busan, artists from all over will be taking part in this event to celebrate the city. Find out how these artists combine architecture with art in this article!
Drones over fireworks? Technology has taken over many aspects of life that were once done without, and now fireworks are the next target. Learn more about how drone shows might just be the next big thing.
From a forgotten town to a popular place for events, Seongsu-dong has seen a boom in tourism recently. Is this newfound popularity helping or hurting the local businesses? Read more here!
Korean cuisine finds a new audience in Qatar’s Korean Fermented Food Festival. Kimchi and gochujang will be showcased in this cultural exchange of culinary traditions where people can taste, learn, and enjoy all about Korea’s delicious offerings.
The sweet and spicy glaze is enhanced by the flavor from the grill to create a rustic yet elegant chicken dish.
5G communication will be driving on the streets of Korea through Hyundai Mobis’ new initiative. These new cars are a part of motor innovations being handled throughout Korea. Read about the new car features in this article.
This snack is bright, fresh, and easy to make. It can be a snack to serve your friends over cocktails or an acidic treat to activate your taste buds at the beginning of the meal.